“Some things were never meant to be controlled…”
Let’s be open and honest right up front: Geostorm is neither an original concept nor high brow content. After I saw it, only two movies came to mind: Olympus Has Fallen (or its sequel London Has Fallen) and The Rock. If you mashed those two movies together, maybe add in a touch of Armageddon or a dab of Day After Tomorrow, and you get Geostorm. As a result, if you don’t like any of those movies, you won’t like this movie. And that’s alright. If you can check your brain at the door for a boom friendly romp – this is it.
I think I got a pretty good feeling what the studio thought of their own movie when I saw almost no advertising for it until the final few weeks before it opened. Let’s just say the budget for marketing was probably a hacked together trailer and a Facebook page. To be fair, they played the trailer for Justice League before the movie and most people were kind of “meh.” So there’s that. Warner Brothers is having problems reproducing the success of Nolan’s Batman (Wonder Woman as the exception) – it’s glaringly obvious.
I did like the movie: I accepted it for what it was. Butler chewed up the scenery while Ed Harris did what he does best – look stern. I like Jim Sturgess in Across the Universe, but his talents were completely wasted on this flick. They could have put in a completely no name actor to play Butler’s brother and it wouldn’t have made a bit of difference. There was the right amount of comedy and the doctor’s suggested amount of romance and sexual tension.
Just Say No to Stock Effects
The special effects looked like they were done by two difference CG teams. One was the space/satellite scenes where everything was crisp and good looking. Then the ground team for the weather looked dated and photoshopped in by an 8 year old. It seriously looked like another part of the budget was cut and the CG ground/weather team was rushed through their portion.
This just a popcorn action movie. Accept it for what it is and move on. If you can’t bring yourself to pay the high theatre cost, this will be on Netflix (or broadcast television) in 6 months or less. If you are into the disaster/weather type movie – go ahead and see it. There is one thing that director Dean Devlin does is create disaster movies (see Independence Day). Survey says: You’ll like it but won’t be blown away…